Aims and Scope

Our primary aim at Police Practice & Research is to present current and innovative police research with a focus on informing policing policy, programs and/or practice around the globe. We welcome qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodological studies from academic researchers and police practitioners alike, and strongly encourage research submissions from practitioner-academic partnerships. We also welcome rigorous systematic reviews of police strategies, technologies, and innovations that have implications for police policy and practice.

From September 1, 2021, we will require manuscripts to meet 3 key criteria we see as supporting our objectives:

* a clear statement of the policy, practice and/or program implications of the research presented - this content should be included in both the abstract and discussion sections of a paper.

* consideration for the global scope of our audience - we not only welcome papers from around the globe, but particularly those that can tie local or regional issues to the larger world.

* evidence of a rigorous methodological approach - all papers should be transparent in the methods used, from data collection to analysis. Ideally, we hope papers published in PPR can be replicated or reproduced based on the methods used.

PPR ensures that all articles and rapid communications published in the journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial screening by the editor and, if found suitable for further consideration, double-blind peer review by independent, expert referees. Book reviews are subject to review by the editorial team but are not independently peer reviewed. 

Hot off the press

Here you can find links to articles in our upcoming or latest issue

Staffing the force

This online survey (N = 2365) examined the experiences of (non-sworn/non-warranted) staff serving in police forces in England and Wales during the March to July COVID-19 virus lockdown in the UK.

On the relationship between police force presence and crime in Mexico

Our results suggest that the deployment of police in high crime areas, although responsive in character, has no particular impact on criminal behavior.

The thin blue line between cop and soldier

 Findings suggest that the public harbours significant negative perceptions of certain officers donning militarized attire with regards to approachability, trust, and morality, among other qualities.

Gendered perceptions of procedural (in)justice in police encounters 

Female officers are perceived differently than male officers despite invariant levels of procedural justice implementation in three of four categories.

Data-informed crime prevention at convenience stores in Atlantic City

Using a place-based intervention focused around convenience stores, robberies were significantly decreased by 63% within four months.

Recognizing and responding to traumatized youth

Post-training, police demonstrated significant improvement in their self-skill ratings & acknowledged various behavior-related changes they planned to make when interacting with youth.

Our authors


Gustavo Fondevila

Gustavo Fondevila is a professor and researcher at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE) in Mexico, where he concentrates on empirical and comparative quantitative criminology. Specifically, Fondevila focuses on criminal justice and prisons in Latin America by use of surveys of prisons, court records and more. His most recent work examines the relationship between prison violence and criminal government within prisons of the region. He also studies criminal justice institutions from a quantitative perspective, such as prosecution, defense and courts.